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Toronto, Ontario, 1913
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, 2004
Biography synopsis
Reva Brooks began photographing in 1947 during a trip with her artist husband to San Miguel de Allende where they were instrumental in establishing an internationally recognized art colony. In1952, Edward Steichen bought one of the most famous photographs of her career - an image of a dead child and grieving mother - for the the Museum of Modern Art. A few years later, in 1955, she was paid the honour of being included in the New York Museum of Modern Art's Family of Man show - the first blockbuster photography exhibition. In 1975, Brooks was selected by the San Francisco Museum of Art as one of the top fifty women photographers in history. From February to May 2000 her work was exhibited at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. Brooks had her last solo show at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2002. Her works is held at Queen's University in Kingston.
Media used
File & Archive locations
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Artexte Information Centre, QC - Documentation Centre
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Queen's University Archives, ON
Museum of Modern Art, NY
University of Arizona - Center for Creative Photography

Writings about
"Among Top 50 Women Photographers." Globe & Mail (Toronto) 29 Jan. 2004: R7
"Berton, McCain Among Dead in 2004." Daily Press (Timmins) 31 Dec. 2004: B6
"Berton, McCain, McClelland Among Prominent Canadians Who Died in 2004." North Bay Nugget 29 Dec. 2004: A7
"Book About Friendship Shared: Author Will Tell of Her Time Spent with Noted Photographer." Chatham Daily News 19 Nov. 2002: 16
"Books." Standard (St. Catherine's) 14 Sept. 2002: E2
"Canada Lost Some of its Prominent Citizens in 2004." Standard (St. Catherines) 31 Dec. 2004: C7
"Concerts, Theatre, Dance: Part Two." Ottawa Citizen 26 Feb. 2000: L2
"Dona Chencha: Photograph." Canadian Art 9.4 (1952): 148
"Flourishing Far From Home." Maclean's 111.27 (Jul. 1998): 54
"Galleries." Toronto Star 4 Jun. 1998: 1
"Going Out (Continued)." Ottawa Citizen 18 Mar. 2000: L2
"Leonard and Reva Brooks: the Canadian Art Colony in San Miguel de Allende." City & Country Home 9.2 (1990): 50
"Notable Canadians Will Be Remembered." Nanaimo Daily News 30 Dec. 2004: C7
"Pick of the Week." Globe & Mail (Toronto) 26 Jan. 2002: D16
"Reva Brooks: Photographer Extraordinaire." Queen's Quarterly 105.3 (Fall 1998): 434
"See It." Whig-Standard (Kingston) 30 May 1998: 6
"Spotlight." Toronto Star 28 Jan. 2004: F2
"Sunday Best: Part One: The Top Things to See and Do." Ottawa Citizen 22 Jan. 2000: L1/Front
"Top Photographer Dead at 90." Expositor (Brantford) 29 Jan. 2004: C9
"Top Photography Reva Brooks Dies in Mexico at Age 90; Last Solo Show at AGO." Canadian Press NewsWire 27 Jan. 2004
"Toronto photographer Reva Brooks, 90, dies in Mexico." Toronto Star 28 Jan. 2004: F2
"We Loved Them and Lost Them; 2004 Marked Passing of Great Canadians." Record (Kitchener) 29 Dec. 2004: A3
"What's Up." Whig-Standard (Kingston) 16 Jun. 1998: 2
Allemang, John. "Last Impressions." Globe & Mail 1 Jan. 2005: F8
Boyanoski, Christine. "Leonard and Reva Brooks: Artists in Exile in San Miguel de Allende (Review)." University of Toronto Quarterly 72.1 (Winter 2002-2003): 524
Brooks, Leonard. In and Out of Mexico. San Miguel de Allende: Leonard Brooks, 1952
Burliuk, Greg. "Local Flavour Drives Festival." Whig-Standard (Kingston) 23 Oct. 1998: 26
Burliuk, Greg. "Renowned Photographer and Artist Make Rare Visit." Whig-Standard (Kingston) 24 Jun. 1998: 30
Christensen, Layne. "WV Painter Tait Faithful to Her Image." North Shore News (North Vancouver) 8 Feb. 2002: 17
Close, Karen. Unfinished Women: Seeds from My Friendship with Reva Brooks. Shanty Bay, Ontario: Inward Bound, 2002
Diebel, Linda. "Canadians in Mexican Eden Told to Go Home." Toronto Star 17 May 1998: 1
Fulford, Robert. "Art Around Every Corner: The Best Thing About Contact, Toronto's Photography Exhibition, is the Way it Shows Up in the Unlikeliest of Places." National Post 9 May 2002: AL3
Gessell, Paul. "Canadian Comrade: Book Traces Strange History of Ottawa Painter and Communist Sympathizer." Calgary Herald 6 Jul. 2008
Gessell, Paul. "The Black Sheep." Ottawa Citizen 29 Jun. 2008: B1
Goddard, Peter. "A Life in Pictures." Toronto Star 31 Jan. 2004: H3
Gordon, Daphne. "Making Contact: Toronto's Huge Photo Festival Proves Girl Power is Growing Behind the Lens." Toronto Star 28 Apr. 2002: D1
Grande, John K. "Leonard and Reva Brooks: Artists in Exile in San Miguel de Allende (Review)." Art Focus 9.3 (2002): 28
Hogben, Murray. "War Artist Tickled Pink After Reunion." Whig-Standard (Kingston) 20 Jul. 1998: 5
Jordan, Betty Ann and Gillian MacKay. "Gallery Going An Artist's Empathetic Gaze." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 20 Jun. 1998: C14
Lawlor, Allison. "Turned Her Lens on Mexico." Globe & Mail (Toronto) 6 Feb. 2004: R15
Miller, Kristin. "Reva Brooks: 1913-2004." Afterimage 31.5 (Mar/Apr. 2004): 2
Simonds, M.. "Refuge." Refuge. Queen's Quarterly, 125, 124-137 125 Spring 2018): 124-137
Siqueiros, David Alfaro & Rufin Tamayo. Reva Brooks fotografias: Palacios de Bellas Artes, Sala Internacional, Mexico, D.F.: enero de 1970. Mexico City: Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1970
Symons, Peter. "A Creative Haven for Many Canadian Artists Canadian Culture Booms in Mexico." Globe & Mail 13 Jan. 1978: 15
Tollefsrud, John. "Sculptor headlines Gallery Offerings." North Bay Nugget 12 Jul. 1999: A3/Front
Valancius, Ruth. "Remembered." Toronto Star 29 Dec. 2004
Virtue, John. Leonard and Reva Brooks: Artists in Exile in San Miguel de Allende. Montreal: McGill Queen's University Press, 2001
Westlake, Marilyn et al. Reva Brooks: Photographs. Toronto: M&M Art Press, 2003

Writings by
Brooks, Reva. Reva Brooks, Photographer. Ottawa: Friends of the Brooks, 1998

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